Lars Eller Leaves Capitals’ First Practice of Stanley Cup Playoffs Early, Takes Maintenance​ Day

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Washington Capitals center Lars Eller left the team’s first practice of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs early after stepping on the ice at the start due to maintenence for an upper-body injruy. Center Travis Boyd stepped in his place on the third-line with forwards Jakub Vrana and Brett Connolly. Center Nic Dowd filled the fourth-line center role. Head coach Todd Reirden stated that Eller will be ready for Game 1 of the Capitals’ first-round series against the Carolina Hurricanes at Capital One Arena on Thursday night (7:30 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington locally or USA Network for those outside the DMV).


Defenseman Bobby Nardella, who signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Capitals last week, signed an amateur tryout contract with the AHL’s Hershey Bears.

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Head coach Rod Brind’Amour was unsure about defenseman Calvin de Haan’s status for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. de Haan was sent home after suffering an upper-body injury in the Hurricanes’ 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 31.

Brind’Amour also stated that he has yet to decide on who his starter will be for Game 1 on Thursday. He also said that both goaltenders, Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney, could see time in the series.

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